February 14, 2020 - Board Director News

Welcome, Dr. Nguyen

The ABPMR is pleased to announce the addition of Vu Nguyen, MD, MBA, to the board of directors.

Dr. Nguyen received his medical degree from Michigan State University, then completed his residency, including as chief resident, at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He later went on to earn his MBA from East Carolina University. He holds board certification in PM&R.

Dr. Nguyen is currently the vice chair of academics, the residency program director, and the director of research at CMC's department of PM&R. Dr. Nguyen serves as the medical director of PM&R Specialty Clinics and as vice president of the medical staff at Carolinas Rehabilitation (CR). He holds title as professor of PM&R at CMC.

Prior to those roles, Dr. Nguyen held other positions at CMC including chief of the department of PM&R. He previously served as the medical director for the stroke rehabilitation program and director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Research System.

Dr. Nguyen has served the field of PM&R for many years as a volunteer and has held leadership roles with various organizations, including as a vignette writer, oral examiner, and item writer for the ABPMR. He is passionate about education and has served the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) as a member of the Board of Trustees, Residency and Fellowship Program Directors’ (RFPD) Council, the Leadership Development & Recognition Committee, the Program Directors Advisory Council, the Global Academic Physiatry Task Force, and the Veterans Affairs Council. Dr. Nguyen participates with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s (AAPM&R’s) CNS Rehabilitation and MSK Medicine Councils. He is also the United States representative to the Assembly of Delegates of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Nguyen has a large clinical practice focusing on stroke rehabilitation, spastic hypertonia, disability diagnoses, and acute care consultations. Dr. Nguyen is engaged in research with poststroke hemiplegic shoulder pain, stroke population database, and pedagogic processes.

Physician board directors of the ABPMR serve up to two 5-year terms, and Dr. Nguyen begins his first term on August 1, 2020.

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